It’s going to be a long summer for the Phoenix Suns.

Bad times for Phoenix

Bad times for Phoenix
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Wow. fucking wow

After the butt slaughter Luka Dončić and the Mavs unleashed on the Suns in Game 7 on Sunday, “wow” was the only word that came to mind. Oh, that and the word “embarrassing.” Going down 30 points at home in a game where you’ve barely put up 27 points in 24 minutes is downright embarrassing. In this game, Phoenix found themselves down by 46 and finally lost 123-90. The first question that comes to mind is, where is Phoenix going after this debacle?

I have to start with Christopher Emmanuel Paul first and another postseason shutdown by the “god-dot”. There was nothing divine about his performance Sunday night in Phoenix. Paul and his wingman, Devin Booker, combined to shoot 0-for-11 from the field in the first half. Since Game 3 of this series, Paul looked like a player who hit a concrete wall and had no interest in going any further. This was the fifth time in Paul’s career that his team had led 2-0 and lost the series.

Paul turned 37 on May 6 and played very well in Game 2 that day in the Suns’ victory, and CP3 had his highest scoring production of the series with 28 points. Paul only scored another 47 points in the last five games of the series, including 10 in the deciding game. After the game, a report came out that Paul had suffered a quad injury earlier in the series. I’m not sure if that’s the reason for Paul’s struggles, but something was going on. After game two, Paul continued to play less aggressively in each game.

Devin Booker isn’t without fault either, as he’s supposed to be the team’s offensive killer, being limited to 3-for-14 from the field and missing all four of his three-point attempts. We’re talking about a player in Booker who finished fourth in the MVP voting, one spot ahead of Luka, who had his way with the Suns in the entire series. Now, after falling short in the playoffs, Booker is likely to receive a hefty contract. extension value somewhere around $210 million.

Of course, Booker’s potential deal will cut into the extension DeAndre Ayton has been seeking since last summer. Talk about a new deal for Ayton it was last summer until October and the deadline when the regular season began. Ayton does not yet have a new contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer. There’s a good chance Ayton won’t be a Sun anymore next season.

This summer, in addition to potentially losing Ayton to this contract dispute, JaVale McGee and Bismack Biyombo are unrestricted free agents. Phoenix could lose most of its size up front in an offseason. Not only would they lose size, but the chemistry and continuity this team has built over the years could also be affected. However, in Game Seven, Ayton didn’t do much to help his cause, scoring five points on five shots.

If the Suns think this series was tough, the West won’t be even easier next year. Some people believe that Dončić is already too arrogant. He is in the conference finals after hardly anyone picked them to go this far. With newfound confidence and swagger, it’s going to be hell dealing with Luke and the Mavs next season. The Clippers should be back in full force with the return of Kawhi Leonard.

Don’t forget that the Nuggets got Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. back. Memphis will return with another year of experience, which can be said for Minnesota as well. And the Warriors are now firmly back in the mix, as we’ve seen this season. The Mavericks may have slammed the Suns’ window of opportunity with that 33-point blowout.

This Phoenix run for a title was never set up to be a long one. It can’t be when you bring in a player like Paul, who was already 35 years old. Their surprise run to the Finals last year was excellent, and they came close, then posted a league-best record by almost 10 games.

That’s not how the season was supposed to end for the Suns. It was supposed to be Phoenix vs. Golden State in the WCF. CP3 vs. Steph Curry once again. Instead, the Suns enter the offseason with far more questions than they have answers to right now.

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